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Meet George Leung of East/West Sports Acupuncture & Orthopaedics in Brookline

Today we’d like to introduce you to George Leung.

George, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Like many sports medicine professionals, I was first drawn to the profession by a love of sports. I’ve played baseball and basketball competitively and have always led a very active lifestyle. Like many Western acupuncturists, I got involved in this profession after seeking an alternative treatment for an injury. Twenty years ago, while playing in a basketball game, I twisted my low back and felt immediate pain. Within the next few days I experienced sciatica, with radiating nerve pain down my left leg.

As a Western sports medicine health care professional, I knew that this type of injury usually takes a long time to heal and that surgery can be necessary. When my low back and sciatic nerve pain didn’t resolve, I decided to try acupuncture treatment in an effort to avoid surgery. I visited a veteran practitioner and, to my amazement, after three or four treatments the sciatica and low back pain disappeared altogether.

I was both intrigued and inspired. A friend studying acupuncture suggested that with my background as an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Assistant and a Kinesio Taping practitioner, it might be useful to learn about the different ways acupuncture has been used to treat sports injuries. After years of working as an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Assistant in schools and clinical settings and growing frustrated with seeing the same patients return for the same problems, while being unable to provide anything other than the same protocols treatment I finally decided to pursue a degree in acupuncture and open my own sports acupuncture practice integrating both Eastern and Western approaches in treating musculoskeletal and orthopedic injury and conditions.

In 2009 I open East/West Sports Acupuncture & Orthopedics, LLC in Brookline, MA, a practice that specialized in only treating musculoskeletal, orthopedics, and sports-related injury and conditions. East/West Sports Acupuncture & Orthopaedics, LLC unique approach integrates both Eastern and Western methods; acupuncture, rehabilitation, and the kinesio taping method all together to holistically treat each individual’s injury or condition. A course of treatment involves combining my various skills (acupuncture, athletic training, physical therapy, and the kinesio taping method).

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being an entrepreneur and being on your own to open a private sports acupuncture practice there was always the concern in the back of mine mind if I can succeed. Knowing that I was not making a career change but incorporating all my sports medicine professional credentials together with the acupuncture credential I had a vision set in mind that I wanted to open my own sports acupuncture practice and treat patients the way I know how to and the focus was to attract specific type of patients made it a much smoother transition to establishing a successful sports acupuncture practice. This was the best career choice I have ever made and it’s extremely gratifying to have the ability fix peoples sport injuries or musculoskeletal injuries that is considered not possible.

East/West Sports Acupuncture & Orthopaedics – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
East/West Sports Acupuncture & Orthopaedics, LLC unique approach integrates both Eastern and Western methods: acupuncture, rehabilitation, and the kinesio taping method all together to holistically treat each individual’s injury or condition. The practice specializes in sports and musculoskeletal conditions for people of all ages and all athletic levels. Treatments are hands on with a multidisciplinary approach. I have a strong background in sports medicine and rehabilitation being in the sports medicine field for 20-plus years.

What sets me apart from all the other acupuncture practice is that I am the only specialized acupuncture practice in the Greater Boston area and maybe the entire Eastern Massachusetts region that only see and treat patients with sports-related and musculoskeletal injury and conditions.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment of my career is becoming an entrepreneur and establishing a very successful sports acupuncture practice that only treat people with sports-related and musculoskeletal injury and conditions. I have had the pleasure to be able to treat a multitude of patients ranging from the professionals, Olympians, nationals and world figure skaters, marathon runners, and to the general weekend warriors level.

Pricing:

  • Initial Evaluation: $120 (90 minutes include acupuncture and kinesio taping)
  • Follow up: $85 (60-75 minutes include acupuncture, rehabilitation, and kinesio taping)

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